I wonder ... how many of us ask God for forgiveness when we pray? When we are alone in prayer, we most likely ask for favours, we request healing for others or oursleves, we may even thank God every now and then for what we have and for answered prayers ... but how often do we ask for forgiveness?
You know how it is ... we all sin. We lose our temper with someone else, we get impatient, we half-listen when someone is talking and possibly interfering with our TV viewing ... there are so many sins we commit almost naturally and don't even stop to think about them. Perhaps we don't even consider them as sins ... Just part of human life. Everyone loses their temper or not pay attention every so often to someone else. So what? Is it a sin worth bothering God about?
Let's consider this last thought.
Is it a sin worth bothering God about?
The fact remains that we did something wrong, and the other person may have forgiven us for losing our temper or whatever. But it is still a sin in the eyes of God? It is a sin against His Commandment to love one another. So ... is it a sin worth confessing in prayer?
Oh ... and another thing. Do we ever seek forgiveness from God for worrying?
Yes I know ... we all worry about this and that and about certain people and future events and so on. It's only natural. Everyone does it.
But is it a sin?
Does worry betray a certain lack of confidence, a certain lack of faith in God? When we worry, are we in fact saying that we don't believe God will answer our prayers, our fears and our confusions? Are we saying that He is perhaps not capable of doing so? Are we even doubting His own existence?
Because in essence that's what worry is. The fear of something beyond God's capability or willingness to help. Hence, worry is a sin against God.
Let's think about that a bit more ... ... ...